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General Schwartz releases 2010 CSAF Reading List

Continued education is a crucial part of being a professional warrior. The books selected for the 2009 reading list offer a perspective to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow.  (U.S. Air Force illustration)

Continued education is a crucial part of being a professional warrior. The books selected for the 2009 reading list offer a perspective to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- The Air Force chief of staff announced his latest CSAF reading list April 1.

"I am pleased to announce my 2010 reading list, which provides valuable ways for all Airmen to further their professional education and augment their leadership skills," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said.

"Coupled with our daily professional endeavors, academic development sharpens our edge and bolsters our ability as an Air Force and joint team," General Schwartz said. "Therefore, professional reading, in equal measure to physical training, continues to be vital to maintaining our initiative today and our preparation for the future."

This year's list contains 13 books divided into three areas: Mission, Doctrine and Profession, focusing on leadership and our Air Force mission; Our Nation and World, highlighting current events that will have a lasting effect on national military strategy; and Military History, recalling lessons that, with careful consideration, could be applied today.

General Schwartz will highlight these books throughout the year, and for the first quarter recommends these four:

"Lemay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis Lemay," by Warren Kozak, traces the life of General Lemay, from his firebombing of Tokyo and guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War to his frustrated career in government and short lived political run.

"In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan," by Seth Jones, provides an historical review of Soviet and U.S. experiences in Afghanistan, but also assesses Pakistan's role and potential in securing Afghanistan.

"A History of Air Warfare," by John A. Olsen, is a comprehensive analysis, through a compilation of 16 essays from leading military writers, of the role that air power has played in military conflicts during the last century.

"Cyberdeterrence and Cyberwar," by Martin C. Libicki, addresses the differences between cyberwar and war in other mediums, and describes ways that the United States could protect itself in the face of attack.

The other books in this year's reading list are:

"The Accidental Guerrilla: Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One," by David Kilcullen

"Wired for War The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," by P.W. Singer

"On Nuclear Terrorism," by Michael Levi

"MacArthurs's Airman General George C. Kenney and the War in the Southwest Pacific," by Thomas E. Griffith

"A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon," by Neil Sheehan

"Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift June 1948 - May 1949," by Richard Reeves

"Seven Deadly Scenarios: A Military Futurist Explores War in the 21st Century," by Andrew Krepinevich

"Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs," by Ray Takeyh

"Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India, and Japan will Shape our Next Decade," by Bill Emmott

More information on these and other books on the 2010 reading list can be found at http://www.af.mil/information/csafreading/index.asp.